US hate incidents spike after Donald Trump elected | Al Jazeera

In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, the United States saw a “national outbreak of hate” with a spike in assaults, intimidation, and harrassments towards ethnic and racial minorities, including children, women, and the LGBT community, a US civil rights group says.The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said in a report released on Tuesday that it documented nearly 900 hate incidents within the 10 days following Trump’s election on November 8, but noted it was “almost certainly a small fraction of the actual number” because of underreporting.Many of the perpetrators invoked the president-elect’s name during the incidents, indicating the surge was linked or motivated by his electoral win, the report said.

Source: US hate incidents spike after Donald Trump elected | USA News | Al Jazeera

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all | Environment | The Guardian

Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised.

With 64 votes in favour and none against, the 90-seat parliament added an article to the EU country’s constitution saying “everyone has the right to drinkable water”.

Source: Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all | Environment | The Guardian

TV Pundits Eager to Make Trump the New ‘Normal’ | FAIR

After wrongly predicting the election, political pundits are returning to TV talkshows to explain what will happen under a Trump presidency. But these predictions aren’t like TV anchors predicting the weather; these forecasts have a profound impact on the public reception to the Trump administration and the future course of US politics.The danger is that by normalizing Trump—a candidate distinguished by an embrace of political violence and open appeals to ethnic nationalism who boasted of getting away with sexual assaults—these commentators will make racist and sexist bullying an acceptable way to run for public office.
-Rohit Chandan

Source: TV Pundits Eager to Make Trump the New ‘Normal’ | FAIR

Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum | tressiemc

President-elect Donald Trump ran on a fundamentally racist platform.

President-elect Donald Trump promulgated the idea that Mexicans are rapists, blacks are trapped in inner cities, Muslims are terrorists and that America could only be great “again” by becoming what it was in the 1950s when all manner of de facto and de rigeur racism was common.

That is probably why noted and admitted white racist groups supported his candidacy, celebrate his election and congratulate themselves for winning.

For the media, this presents a special kind of problem for which modern media is poorly equipped.

-Tressie McMillan Cottom

Source: Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum | tressiemc

Nice, decent folks – Cold Takes

What I found more intriguing were the ethnographers, who were baffled by the living, breathing Klan members. These ethnographers found that Klansmen and Klanswomen seemed like “good” or “decent” folks. Even as Klan members defended racism, they seemed “nice,” polite even. In these earlier studies of white supremacists, a lingering question was: How could Klan members seem to be nice, decent folks while also being white supremacists?The first time I noticed an ethnographer’s shock and confusion over nice white supremacists, I thought it was a fluke. But after I read the performed shock and confusion again and again, I began to wonder what the hell was going on. The juxtaposition between decency and white supremacy was frankly bizarre. It was almost as if these ethnographers imagined that white supremacists would be just like their pop culture counterparts: ignorant, aggressive, mean, and oh-so-easily-identifiable with swastika tattoos and Klan robes peaking out of their closets. Pop culture obscures the heartbreaking ordinariness of member of white supremacist organizations. They look like other white people. They speak like other white people. They act like other white people.
-Kelly J. Baker

Source: Nice, decent folks – Cold Takes

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, an excerpt

“You see,” my colleague went on, “one doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.

Source: They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, an excerpt

I still believe in democracy | David R. MacIver

I am still shocked by what has happened, but I will never give up my values.

And one of those values is that a country should help all of its citizens achieve the best possible version of their lives, and it should do so with their active participation in the process. The solution isn’t to ignore their voices, it’s to help them and involve them in making better decisions for everyone together.

This doesn’t require us to accept the results – Democracy is far more than simple majority rule, and dissent and protest are integral features of a well function democracy – but it does require finding some sort of common ground.

This feels particularly difficult right now, with so much of the population having embraced outright racism and self-destruction, but I still think it’s achievable.

-David R. MacIver

Source: I still believe in democracy | David R. MacIver


It’s a war of ideas, not of interests – Dani Rodrik

If left-liberals take for granted that the white middle class is essentially racist, hate the federal government, oppose progressive taxation, don’t think big banks and dark money are a problem … and so on, then indeed many of the remedies that progressives have to offer will fail to resonate and there is little that can be done. But why should we assume that these are the givens of political life?

A large literature in social psychology and political economy suggests that identities are malleable as are voters’ perceptions of how the world works and therefore which policies serve their interests. A large part of the right’s success derives from their having convinced lower and middle class voters that the government is corrupt and inept. Can’t progressives alter that perception?

Note that what is required here is not one more well-designed program. It is a narrative, a marketing device – a bumper sticker.
-Dani Rodrik

Source: It’s a war of ideas, not of interests

If you asked this group what was in it for them in Hillary’s platform, I believe most would say, “Nothing.” You can’t win by telling people everything’s fine when their lived experience says that’s bullshit.

How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth –

For years, technologists and other utopians have argued that online news would be a boon to democracy. That has not been the case.” -Farhad Manjoo


Bernie Sanders: Here’s what I’ll do the day after the election

I AM CURRENTLY working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president, and that Democrats gain control of the US House and Senate. The day after the election, working with millions of grass-roots activists, I intend to do everything possible to make certain that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States.

That agenda includes overturning the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding Social Security, breaking up “too-big-to-fail banks,” making public colleges and universities tuition-free for the middle class, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. It also includes pay equity for women, a new approach toward trade, aggressive action to combat climate change, raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, lowering prescription drug prices, a significant movement toward universal health care, and major reforms in our criminal justice and immigration systems.

-Bernie Sanders

Source: Bernie Sanders: Here’s what I’ll do the day after the election – The Boston Globe